I followed the money - and guess where it led!
Yes, but no: although I did leave town, I didn't swim in this pool - although wouldn't it have been lovely!
I drove out to Long Island one Saturday recently to begin mapping out a route that I feel could be of quite some considerable interest: The Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island. I felt the closest ones were in Sands Point - and the Guggenheim was the one that afforded a tour.
Why is Harry important? He completed the construction of the Guggenheim Museum, for one thing. But perhaps more important were his contributions to the growth of air travel and even rocketry in the last century. Charles Lindbergh lived at this house for a time after his fabulous flight in 1927; and he helped start Robert Goddard on his path of perfecting jet travel. There's more - but not for here, at least now!
Interior photographs are not permitted, however, so the pool is the main attraction outside - except for the driveway court just outside:
In fact, according to our docent, the Ford Falcon in the carport - - belonged to Harry's friend Charles Lindbergh, who use it to ferry his own books to Falaise to fill the then empty bookcases when the house was made a museum after Harry died in 1971, and Harry's library had been removed to the Library of Congress and other places in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere (Lindbergh died in 1974).
The Street Teacher's Walking Tours
Here's a picture taken just across the Hudson River in the woods not far away ... accessible by foot ... if you're able!
Watch for Autumn Walks
I am designing public tours for the Fall - and some may go places we have been before, but others will surely uncover new places and history that may be new to you.
So, stay tuned - I promise more frequent updates!
1. The Lower East Side and Chinatown
2. Greenwich Village - from Klein Deutschland to the West Village
3. The High Line and the Meatpacking District
4. The Upper East Side and New York's great museums
5. The Acropolis of the New World: Columbia University and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
6. Harlem, from the Morris Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights to the Apollo and Mt. Morris Park
7. SoHo and Tribeca
8. Midtown: Grand Central Terminal, The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue, Times Square - and more!
9. The Upper East Side: some of the world's greatest museums, and most impressive neighborhoods.
Tours are also given by coach and other vehicles - large groups are especially welcome. Please let us know what you need and would like to see and learn about our great city.
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